It is good news that efforts continue to make sugar cane a viable crop in the Imperial Valley. We are even more pleased to hear that those proposing sugar cane crops for the Valley have much larger goals. It is that kind of thinking that brings about the economic development so critically needed in this area.
Paul Sebesta, director of the University of California Desert Research & Extension Center near Holtville, went before the IID board recently to request funding for more sugar cane research. The board showed insight in noting that Sebesta's proposal is a good one and ultimately awarding money for the research.
Sebesta has a vision for a new type of agriculture in the Imperial Valley, and while it may only be a dream, progress starts with dreams. It was people of vision who came into the Imperial Valley desert and saw a future in which a dry desert could be turned into a fertile agricultural center. It took a great deal of money and time, but they persevered.